Much of the credit for UC's Sustainability initiative belongs to the students who first brought this issue to the Regents in 2002. Since then, UC students have been instrumental in shaping and implementing the University's sustainability policy. Students have also played a crucial role in educating faculty, administrators, staff, and their peers about environmental stewardship and campus sustainability.

There are several noteworthy efforts on UC campuses by students.  Of note, UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa